Mars

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What it was like to spend a year in NASA’s Mars base simulation

Spending over a year physically isolated from everyone but three crewmates may not be most people’s idea of a fun getaway, but Anca Selariu wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. “Absolutely,” Selariu tells Popular Science. The US Navy microbiologist specializing in viral vaccine discovery and infectious disease research exited Mars Dune Alpha, NASA’s 3D-printed habitat […]

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Future astronauts could safely drink their own urine with this Dune-like device

Astronauts of the future trekking their way across barren extraterrestrial landscapes may soon do so with less fear or running out of water—or uncomfortably shuffling through their own pee—thanks to a new Dune-inspired urine filtration system. The small, backpack-like device, created by researchers from Cornell University and detailed today in Frontiers in Space Technology, could

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Mars was icy and wet billions of years ago, new study suggests

Today, Mars is cold and dry. Billions of years ago, however, there was liquid water on its surface—and scientists have long been fascinated by what the planet could have been like at that time. A new study, published in Communications Earth and Environment on July 7, examines data from soil samples gathered by NASA’s Curiosity

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Elon Musk’s Martian dreams include modded Cybertrucks and bioengineered animals

Elon Musk’s lifelong obsession with establishing humanity’s future civilization on Mars includes modified Cybertrucks and new, bioengineered species “that are better suited” for life in a SpaceX colony populated, in part, by his many children. These—and many other details of Musk’s dreams of Martian living—are showcased in a wide-ranging June 11 report from The New

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